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Re: Styling based on instance data

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 15:40:15 +0000
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To: www-forms <www-forms@w3.org>
Cc: www-forms-request@w3.org

Hi Roland,

> I would agree that there are cases where styling dependent
> on the value would be useful. A situation I have encountered is the need to style
> negative numbers differently to positive numbers.

We could still keep this as styling based on 'state' though, with
negative and positive being different states. Myself and Paul Butcher
(one of my colleagues) tested to see if a generic solution based on
state was workable, and found that it probably could be done.

I'll try to find the details, but it essentially went like this; if
you think of the MIPs, such as relevant, readonly, and so on, they all
control a pair of events and a pair of CSS pseudo-classes. To make
this generic all we need is a way to describe these two pairs.

So lets say that we have a system that has a business rule concerning
whether a library book is overdue or not; we know that we'd like a
pair of events called "xforms-mip-overdue-on" and
"xforms-mip-overdue-off", say, and we'd also like some pseudo classes
like ':mip-overdue-on' and ':mip-overdue-off' to allow us to style
data that is in this state. By making the names of the events and
pseudo-classes follow a clearly defined pattern, we could just use a
single attribute to specify the whole thing:

  <style type="text/css">
    :mip-overdue-on { color: red; }
  </style>

  <xf:bind nodeset="books/book" overdue="today() &gt; @due" />

It's probably not a good idea to allow any old attribute on 'bind', so
one possibility would be to put these 'soft MIP' attributes into a
different namespace:

  <xf:bind nodeset="books/book" mip:overdue="today() &gt; @due" />

Any attribute in this namespace would be treated as a 'soft' MIP, and
the events and pseudo-classes created accordingly, with the default
names.

There are other ways to express the mark-up, but I'd have to dig up
some of the (very old) notes that myself and Paul made to recall the
ones that we came up with. I do remember that we played with having a
new element that defines the names of the events and pseudo-classes,
but that may be more powerfull that is needed.

Anyway, I thought it worth posting these thoughts since they might
spark some ideas amongst others.

Regards,

Mark

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